Dodger Stadium vaccination site closed amid protests

The mass COVID-19 vaccination site of Dogger Stadium was temporarily closed on Saturday afternoon, when around 50 protesters gathered at the entrance, frustrating hundreds of motorists who had been queuing for hours.

Officials said the Los Angeles Fire Department closed the entrance to the stadium – one of the largest vaccination sites in the country, beginning before 2 a.m. as a precaution. Several LAPD officers also responded to the scene; A spokesperson for the department said no arrests were made.

Andrea Garcia, a spokesman for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, said that despite the 55-minute interruption, no appointments were canceled.

“We are committed to getting Angelino vaccinated as quickly and safely as possible,” she said.

The protesters included members of anti-vaccine and far-flung groups. While some people made signs of shouting down the COVID-19 vaccine and telling people not to get shots, there were no incidents of violence.

“This is completely wrong,” said German Jacques, who walked from his home in La Verne and waited for an hour for his vaccinations when the stadium’s gate was closed. He said that some protesters were telling people in line that coronavirus is not real and vaccination is dangerous.

“That’s the wrong message,” Jekze said. “I have been waiting for weeks to get an appointment. I am a dentist; I am taking a big risk of being around patients. I want to be safe for my patients and for my family. The vaccine is the only way to defeat the virus. “

Confirmed Coronovirus Cases in California Have crossed 3.2 million. Over 40,000 people – In each 1,000 California – have died from complications of COVID-19. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health estimates the official death toll at 16,647, after which more than 6,900 new cases were confirmed on Saturday.

A fire department official said that the Dodger Stadium vaccination site – which is usually open from 8 am to 8 pm from Monday to Saturday – minutes before 3 pm

A post on social media described the performance as a “scammedic Protest / March”. It advised participants to “Please refrain from wearing the Trump / Maga costume because we want our statement to resonate with lambs. Not just flags but informative signs.”

“All this is a shared information protest and march against COVID, vaccines, PCR tests, lockdowns, masks, neighbors, Gates, Newsom, China, digital tracking, etc.”

A livestreamed video of the gathering shows a group of protesters on the sidewalk, as cars drive into the cone-lined streets towards the stadium, which serve as the COVID-19 test site for months.

The protesters indicated “save your soul now read back”, “CNN is coming to you,” “rendezvous news” and “shut your way.” Some gave pamphlets to motorists who had their windows down. Some cars scared their horns as they drove by them.

The protesters spoke through the bullhorn: “Turn back as long as you can” said a man. “You’re a laboratory mouse.”

Public officials weighed sharply, expressing disappointment.

“We will not be or threatened,” Gov. Gavin Newsom Tweeted. “Dodger Stadium is back up and running.”

Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorel, who oversees public safety for Garcetti, Tweeted Adding a Times article and “Face Palm” emoji about closing, writing, “its back open, but ..”.

“Unbelievable,” Los Angeles City Council President Noori Martinez tweeted. “If you don’t want the vaccine right, but there are millions of Angelinos who do. 16,000 of your neighbors are killed, so get out of the way.”

About an hour after the vaccination site reopened on Saturday, health officials issued a statement that variants of the coronovirus would continue to spread across LA County, noting that locally one of Britain’s highly variable B.1.1.7 The case has been confirmed.

“Virus transmission can occur more easily,” health officials said, urging members of the public to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth, maintain physical distance and avoid gathering with those with They do not live.

“These strategies,” officials said, “will only be effective in slowing the spread of any type of stress of COVID-19 if they are used by everyone at all times.”

The Dogar Stadium incident marked the latest protest by small groups opposed to basic coronavirus protection measures such as face coverings.

Following demonstrations by masked groups at shopping malls, grocery stores and homeless cantonments, the Los Angeles City Council violated the restrictions earlier this month and subjected some violators to financial penalties. After a unanimous vote, The council ordered city attorneys to draft a law that would impose fines and penalties on those who refuse to wear masks in indoor businesses when requested to do so by management, as well as individuals who Denies invading personal space. . “

Earlier in the epidemic, maskless protesters gathered at retail outlets, including the Irven Market in Fairfax District, a Target Beverly Boulevard and Westfield Century City Mall, tapping on the back From shopkeepers and employees who felt upset.

in a video, A protestor said he had tested negative for the virus and called a customer a “mask Nazi” at the grocery store.

Following the Century City demonstration, Garcetti issued a warning.

“We will not have officers who stand up as witnesses. We will take action, ”the mayor said. “And don’t test us on this, because you’ll find yourself in jail, cited or dealing with prosecution.”

Times staff writer Dakota Smith contributed to this report.

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